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Last year ended on a sour note for CHS, America’s largest farmer- and rancher-owned cooperative. Financial misstatements involving misvalued rail contracts uncovered last fall, determined to be intentional misconduct by a since-fired employee, led the company to significantly overstate its pre-tax profits by as much as $190 million for the past four fiscal years. CHS provides fuel and supplies to farmers as part of agreements to buy and sell their yields; it also makes long-term contracts with rail lines, then sells some of that capacity in the secondary market. Drama aside, the company’s net income for fiscal year 2018 was $775.9 million, an increase of $704 million from the previous fiscal year. With annual revenue of nearly $32 billion, CHS was the fifth-largest business in Minnesota in 2018.

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Company Information

Jay D. Debertin
Food, Beverages & Tobacco
Food Production
HQ Location
Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Years on Global 500 List12
A cooperative; figures are for fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2018.

CHS Rank History


Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)

($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$32,683.302%
Profits ($M)$775.9983.8%
Assets ($M)$16,381.20-
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$8,155.60-

Profit Ratios

Profit as % of Revenues2.4%
Profits as % of Assets4.7%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity9.5%